Garden vouchers are now being distributed to eligible households in the five county service area. Vouchers will be distributed through mid-June to households at 125% of poverty level or less . Vouchers are issued in the amount of $25 to be redeemed at local participating vendors. Outreach coordinators in the centers have a listing of these vendors for clients to select from. Vouchers can be used only for the purchase of vegetable and/or fruit plants and/or seeds. Decatur, Lucas and Monroe counties have raised bed garden spots available. Please call your local outreach office for more information.
SCICAP Monroe County Outreach and PAT-CCE employees Tina and Shea presented in 4 classrooms to about 75 children in Albia. Each child planted 4 egg cups, learned about gardening and got coloring sheets and a Green Thumb certificate to take home. Some classrooms will keep the seeds in their room to further use for science and some are taking them home to watch them sprout and then transplant. The children loved it!